OAK CREEK – City officials may soon be reviewing an official proposal for a new multi-family residential development on 27th Street called Springs Apartments.

Before submitting formal plans, Continental Properties made a presentation to the city’s plan commission Feb. 28 to get some input on their project that could be situated at 8100 S. 27th St.

The development “fills a gap in housing” according to a representative from Continental Properties, a developer with projects in 17 states totaling over 16,000 apartment units.

The project includes 240 units with a combination of studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom offerings. The apartments will range from 625 square feet to 1,430 square feet, offering a “good mix of options,” according to the presenter.

A PowerPoint listed off a number of features currently being considered including a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, pet playground with spa, a car care center, a picnic, courtyard, and both attached and detached garage options – 96 attached and 56 detached.

The buildings on-site are planned to be two stories with varying heights, balconies and patios. Inside, the apartments will feature large kitchen islands, a washer and dryer in all units, and walk-in closets. The development would be a gated community, a point of some contention with commissioners and city staff.

Director of Community Development Doug Seymour said the project is located by a city park yet is surrounded by a fence, citing that doesn’t exhibit a spirit of connectivity.

“You can do better,” Seymour said.

Alderman Dan Bukiewicz agreed that there is some work to be done.

Some commissioners expressed excitement with the project and how it’s looking thus far.

Commissioner Dawn Carillo said she may be looking for an apartment soon and this project “looks great,” adding it would have a “very positive impact on the community.”

Alderman Chris Guzikowski said he likes the concept, adding that it’s different than what is typically seen.

Seymour said the development would be located inside of the city’s seventh tax incremental financing district and could help to close out the long-running TIF district.

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